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NHL suspends Denis Gauthier for five games, Tyler Kennedy for one

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TORONTO - Colin Campbell had a busy start to his work week.

The NHL's disciplinarian made two rulings on Monday, giving Los Angeles Kings defenceman Denis Gauthier a five-game suspension and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy a one-game ban.

Gauthier's punishment comes after he hammered Montreal Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges with an elbow to the head. He received a charging major on the play and will forfeit more than US$56,000 in salary during his suspension.

He's eligible to return to the Kings lineup on Feb. 14 against Edmonton.

Kennedy's one-game suspension will cost him $2,900 in lost wages. He violated rule 70.2 on Saturday by getting into a fight with Toronto's Luke Schenn after a line change.

Kennedy will sit out Tuesday's game in Montreal and is eligible to return Wednesday against Tampa Bay.

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